yesterday. so for today still some wet weather hanging out there, but check out what we have in mount airy. the proof is in the pudding with the rain there, so we had about .70 inch of rainfall. some good rain, and then behind that we did see that beautiful rainbow. fredrick temperature coming in right around 66 degrees right now, 68 in annapolis, and we also got some good rains in annapolis about two -- about quarter inch of rain, rather, and fredrick coming in about .30 inch of rain in fredrick and also that temperature coming in right around 66 degrees. let's look at the radar right now because maryland's most powerful radar showing just a few scattered showers across the area. that will happen as we go through the remainder of today. not a whole bunch of downpours and i'm not going to rule out the fact that we could be seeing some more isolated showers as we go into the afternoon. what you need to do is grab the rain gear with you as you head out the door. we'll talk more about that coming up. but now let's get a check of abc 2 time saver traffic with lauren. some slick roadways to talk
about but no accidents happening yet, right? >>reporter: no accidents just yet, but you do want to reduce your speed, be extra careful as you do head out. if you are using the jfx to get into the city, 11-minute ride from the beltway downtown to east fayette street. everything will remain up to speed traveling through the fort mchenry tunnel and the harvard tunnel. if you are headed out to the northeast corridor of 95, here's a look at white marsh. only a four-minute ride to the beltway. no delays to talk about in this vicinity. a live look at the beltway and parkville and hartford road. a nine-minute ride from 95 towards 83. no concerns on the west side of the beltway, an lech-minute ride on the outer loop from 795 down towards 95 that. is a look at your abc 2 news time saver traffic. over to you. some say it's going to save lives by keeping fire stations open. we're talking about putting advertisements on the sides of fire trucks. the issue is now going before city leaders and now it's time to make a decision before those firehouses close up shop.
abc 2 news' sharree johnson is live this morning outside of downtown fire headquarters with more details on this. sharee, what's this all about? >>reporter: well, supporters actually hope that putting ads on the side of baltimore city fire trucks might prevent the closure of three fire companies in baltimore city. now, yesterday many supporters, dozens of them gathered at the city hall chambers yesterday to fight for this. they want to keep those fire companies open. now, at this point the measure is not a bill. it's a resolution calling on baltimore city to allow advertisements to be placed on fire trucks. councilman pete well ch made the proposal in response to a plan to permanently close three fire companies around the city. this includes truck 10 in west baltimore and squad 11 in southeast baltimore. a spokesperson for baltimore mayor stephanie rawlings blake says a proposal to add advertisements to city-owned buildings like parking garages and even schools is very close to becoming a reality. >> we've got to figure out how to right size the department so the city can afford the fire
department and that's what we're doing. >>reporter: now, the three fire companies would actually close when the next fiscal year starts and that's on july 1st. right now some are saying there's just not enough time to bring in this money to prevent the closures. reporting live in downtown baltimore, sharree johnson, abc 2 news. a family in hartford county lost their home to a fire, now the community is rallying, helping them out once again. this happened in the 2400 block of dixie lane early yesterday morning in forest hills. the family all got out safely, but the home was a total loss. investigators are still looking for the cause. meanwhile, a friend said you can drop off items to the bel aire volunteer fire department. that family needs everything from clothes to new furniture. news time 5:33 right now. a judge ordered the man convicted of conspiracy for the 2010robo calls aimed at keeping black voters from going to the polls to pay the state more than $1 million. the damages are for violations of telephone consumer protection. julius henson, his company universal electronics, inc.
and an employee who recorded the calls must pay those damages. henson was convict inside the robo calls case earlier this month and scheduled to be sentenced on june 13th. the man charged with hitting and killing a talson university student in ocean city will be back in court in july. police say 30-year-old diego franchini was speeding when he hit matt henry on coastal highway. he was arrested after witnesses chased down his car. news around the nation this morning, a couple accused of keeping two boys with autism caged inside a bedroom have been found not guilty of unlawful imprisonment. john eckert and his girlfriend were acquitted by a jury in vancouver, washington. the 5 and 7-year-old boys respectively are eckert's sons. prosecutors say the children were put in a small room with a metal cage door for convenience. however, the defense argued it was for their protection. blue grass music legend doc watson has passed away.
>> the guitarist had been on the music scene since the 1960s, receiving the national medal of arts and multiple grammy awards for his work. watson was blinded by an eye infection as a baby, but he never let that slow him down. the 89-year-old had been struggling to recover from recent colon surgery. certainly does pay to provide good service. >> it absolutely does. a man waiting tables in texas got a huge tip from some long- time customers. greg rubar had received an envelope with $5,000 in it. now, he has worked at the italian restaurant for 16 years and says one couple has been coming there for a very long time, about eight years. rubar recently had ruined his car. it happened during a flood and mention td to the couple, but he never expected what happened next. >> then they just came in and they gave me money to buy a
car. i went to go buy a car with it. i you have enough money to go buy a nice car. i was hesitant about it, but he said, no, you take it and buy you a car. >> the two customers wish to remain anonymous. rubar says he plans to get that new vehicle and do so very soon. great story. 5:36 this morning. russian researchers say they have now uncovered a new computer virus that should have all of us worried. >> it's being compare today a pretty serious one that emerged a couple of years ago, only this latest virus is said to be even nastier. a man gets a free trip to disney through a series of trade. but it's what he does with that vacation that's now touching hearts. and showers and storms rumbled through overnight and we have another round pushing in. i'll tell you if that will be the trend as we go through the rest of the day. those details coming up. >>reporter: traffic is just starting to pick up here on the west side of the beltway at liberty road. i'll show you how traffic is shaping up on the jfx and 95
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welcome back. a child's toy soldier turns into a disney vacation for a fallen soldier's family. >> back in february, 9-year-old brendan horrific want today trade for a trip to disney world, he said he would do anything. he started with a toy soldier and from there he got trays and they got bigger and better with the new york growing nationwide until brendan met his goals. tickets to disney world, including airfare, but he didn't keep it for himself. he held a drawing and the family of a fallen soldier won that trip. the family that won lived just a few towns over from brendan. timothy steele was killed last august in afghanistan when he was just 25 years old. >> tim was pretty special to us. yeah. he knew what he wanted to do at a very young age. >> little people can do a lot of things if they put their mind to it. >> now steele's wife and her 2- year-old daughter are headed to disney world, all thanks to that 9-year-old boy and his toy
soldier. if you're looking to buy a new home, you may want to consider moving west. >> coming up what city has the most affordable homes on the market. >>reporter: i'm linda stow, how donald trump's claims are overshadowing mitt romney's campaign. >>reporter: traffic is just starting to pick up on the west side of the beltway. you are looking at a 13-minute ride on the outer loop from 795 down towards 95. and if you are using the jfx to get into the city, no delays to talk about. it will be an easy ride from the beltway all the way down to east fayette street. as far as the south side of 95 is concerned, here's a live look just north of the beltway. no concerns whatsoever if you are headed north up through the fort mchenry tunnel or southbound towards 95. that is a look at your abc 2 news time saver traffic. stay with us, there's much more to come. you're watching "good morning maryland."
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thanks for joining us this morning. donald trump is at it again, putting the obama birther issue back in the spotlight this morning. abc 2 news' linda stow is here with how it's overshadowing romney's campaign. >>reporter: trump and his birther claims are taking the spotlight away from romney less than 24 hours after romney
clinched the republican nomination, attention is being given not on his win, but on what trump is saying. he is once again alleging president obama was not born in the u.s., this more than a year after the president released his hawaii birth certificate. trump spoke at a fundraiser for romney last night. some republicans fear trump's claim threatens to undercut the seriousness of romney's campaign. they also worry it opens romney up to attacks, he's not willing to stand up to members of his own party. when asked about trump and his birther claim, romney only had this to say. i don't agree with all the people who support me, i guess they don't agree with everything i believe in. >>reporter: now the white house says the trump birther issue is "nonsense." linda stow, abc 2 news. you may not remember the computer virus, but it caused a lot of problems a couple years ago, even causing danger at a iranian uranium enrichment plant, now a new virus has been
uncovered. the company says the virus can be used to turn infected computers into spying machines. they say infected computers can get information out of nearby cell phones. starting today pepsi plans to offer free downloadable songs on its twitter page. it also is offering streaming live video of summer concerts. no announcement yet on which artists are lined up for those concerts. it's all part of pepsi's live for now campaign which is using music to revive the brand's image to help win back the market share from coca-cola. if you're looking to buying a new home, you might consider heading west. a new list has been released of the top affordable cities to buy a house. indianapolis has the number one slot with the median home price around 102000. one expert says the fact that the city has a lot of land available for housing development is helping keep those places down. dayton, ohio and lakeland, ohio, they came in second and third respectively.
happening today, maryland officials are outlining the distribution of about $60 million in housing assistance. those moneys are coming from a mortgage servicing settlement. governor martin o'malley and the attorney general are going to speeblg about those -- speak about those moneys in the first installment of a nearly $1 million payment. that will take place in baltimore at the hope hotline call center. just a few weeks before opening day, ripken stadium has announced it has launched its own concession service. baseball fans can chow down on crabs, wings, ribs, breetos, they can also taste the ripken gourmet burger. it is being locally produced. opening day for the aberdeen iron birds is on wednesday, june 20th. that's at 7:35 p.m. the ravens will be practicing today at owens mills at the training facility. practice runs from 11:30 to 1:30 today and the locker room will be open tomorrow for player interviews following the field activities. u.s. men's soccer team
isn't going to the olympics, but you can catch them playing today in landover. they're playing an exhibition match against brazil at fed exfield. 162-game major league season things don't always go according to plan. the o's find themselves in one of those spots right now. baltimore trying to avoid a sweep tonight in toronto. game three set for 7:05. last night the o's could not overcome giving up eight runs in the middle innings, all of this enroute to an 8-6 loss. o's remain tied with tampa atop the al east. time now for a check of the forecast. let's see what's going on with lynette. >> we do have a couple of showers still lingering across the area this morning, lots of cloud cover as well. but most of the heavier rain and thunderstorms back off towards the south as of now. as we go throughout the day, still maybe a chance to pop up a thunderstorm out there or a shower, rather, no type of thunderstorms. but let's take you outdoors where we're not dealing with a
whole lot in dundalk as of now. we can see plenty of cloud cover across the area there. that will be the scenario, it's going to be a while for those clouds to really move out of the area. more of the same in bel aire, a little bit of brightening skies, but for the most part we are looking at some cloud cover and some wet roadways. right now temperatures are mild this morning. we're trying to get that cooler air filtering in. it's going to take its sweet time to do that. we see temperatures at 70 degrees right now in chestertown, and talking about the rain we've already seen today, just a few hundredths of rainfall cross the area and that will be the lower amounts we see as we go throughout the morning. lots of moisture to contend with once again. we want to get to the 50s we're seeing in hagerstown. that number will slowly go down into the afternoon as well. future trend not picking up on a whole lot, still a chance for showers to work their way in here. by tomorrow that's going to be our really dry day and our really sunny day. then we do have another cold front that's going to move through the area friday night. and with that we will have the
chance for some more thunderstorms in the forecast and that rain will linger into saturday morning. but for today i'm going with 85 degrees. we won't be seeing any type of 90s, so it won't be as hot as it was yesterday. a check of the seven-day forecast brings even cooler conditions in here by the weekend. let's get a check of the abc 2 time saver traffic now with lauren. good morning. how are those wet roadways holding up. >>reporter: good morning, lynette. we do have our first accident of the day. it's on baltimore on cane street at dundalk avenue. traveling through the tunnels, no delays to talk about. that will remain the case on the northeast corridor at white marsh. a 14-minute ride from the beltway all the way to downtown baltimore. as for 83, here's a live look at scwann road. not too many cars out there. very easy ride down towards the beltway and it will remain clear on the swr fx. as you travel out on the beltway, here's what it looks like in pikesville at green spring avenue, really will become more steady as you make the drive down towards liberty road, but no significant delays in the area. you are looking at just a 13-
minute ride on that outer loop from 795 down towards 95. and the beltway will remain clear from harkville all the way up towards talson. that's a look at your abc 2 news time saver traffic, megan and charley, over to you. on this day back in 1922, the lincoln memorial was dedicated in washington d.c. in honor of other 16th president, abraham lincoln. a commission to plan a monument was first proposed back in 1867 shortly after lincoln's death, but that project never started for lack of funds. construction started in 1914 and it was opened to the public in 1922. 5:51. den mothers are an integral part of boy scouts. >> absolutely. but one woman is being denied access to her son's boy scout troop. today her supporters are fighting back. the house is set to vote on a bill today that would prevent doctors from performing abortions under certain circumstances. details when we return. you're watching "good morning maryland." çñç?ç?çñçwçñçwç?ó?çwçñó?ç?çñó?çw
crimes in sweden. a special event is being held in new york city today to mark the 10th anniversary of the formal end of the ground zero cleanup operation. 9/11 rescue recovery relief workers are being invited to that memorial today for a ceremony. president barack obama is set to sign the reauthorization of an export/import bank today. he and first lady michelle obama will then host a jewish american history month reception taking place at the white house. the house will vote today on a bill that would ban doctors from performing abortions based on the sex of an unborn child. that vote will need 2/3 to pass. a lesbian mother will present a petition at the boy scouts today protesting her removal in ohio. she will present that petition with more than 275,000 names on it. it can be annoying when you pull away from the drivethrough and you realize you're missing an item or two. >> that's what happened to a man in ohio. you do hate that, don't you? >> i do. >> how he handled it. don't think you'll do the same thing, though.
>> not at all. also ahead this morning, a practice by hundreds of colleges is unveiled that could be costing your child more money. we'll tell you what it is coming up. let's just say this woman is well in the triple digits and still going strong. what's her secret to a long and healthy life coming up. lynette. >> we got .12 inch of rainfall at bwi yesterday. we need more. i'll tell you if we're going to get it today coming up. >>reporter: everything is up to speed here on the beltway in parkville, i'll show you what 95 and the jfx look like coming up in my abc 2 news time saver traffic report. you're watching "good morning maryland."
a measure to put ads on city fire trucks moves one step closer to helping fire departments. reaction to those ads coming up. and summertime means pools and beaches. but before you head into the water, what you need to know to keep your family safe from water-bon illnesses. how a bottle of aspirin could help you prevent one type of cancer. details straight ahead. a live look from our camera live from the inner harbor today to see what you're waking up for on this wednesday, may the 30th. good morning, maryland, thanks for joining us. a little housekeeping before we get to weather this morning. rose mnts elementary and middle school closed due to an electrical failure. staff is asked to report to copin state university. se a reminder, this is the